Updated: June 8, 2015
Bed Pillow Reviews:My wife and I have had trouble sleeping lately and it's all because our bed pillows are no good. Our mattress is fairly new, our sheets are fresh, and we are TIRED, but the pillows on our bed just don't provide the neck and head support to make us comfortable. Like 85% of other sleepers, we sleep on our sides and in the past we have bought our bed pillow from a store like Costco and initially they all seem to do just fine. It's after the first few weeks that they lose their "support" and we wake up with sore necks and often my ears hurt if the pillow is too hard. We recently came back from a trip to the Westin Maui and our experience with the bedding in their rooms, specifically the bed pillows, helped us down the path to a comfortable pillow. The pillows at the hotel were soft and held their shape. They were not lumpy or hard and I swear we got the best sleep of our lives.
What to look for when buying a bed pillow - The first to consider is how you sleep - on your side, back, or stomach. Perhaps you do a little bit of all 3. Experts say those that sleep on their sides need a firm to extra-firm pillow. Back sleepers - a medium density firm pillow. Stomach sleepers should consider a flat pillow that is soft to keep any added stress off your spine or neck. When it comes to materials inside the pillow, you will find natural, synthetic, and memory foam. The natural pillows - often filled with feathers or down - are worth considering for their supreme comfort and they will last too (up to 7 years). Synthetic pillows are cheaper than down pillows and usually filled with polyester fibers. Their durability is not that great but anyone who has indoor allergy issues (like dust) will appreciate them. Memory foam are the newest pillows on the market and they form to your unique shape (head and neck) providing good support. Some say they are too firm - having slept on one a while back I can say it was comfortable enough. Expect to spend at least $10 for a decent bed pillow and closer to $100 for the top quality down pillows. The leading brands are Leachco, Sleep Better, HoMedics, Pike Street, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic. I know several people who have a firm pillow for reading and a soft pillow for sleeping. It's really what makes you comfortable and guarantees you a good nights sleep. Bed pillow reviews - We scoured the Internet for some bed pillow ratings and read dozens of owner opinions and comments posted on websites and in online forums. Sleeplikethedead.com has posted ratings from data on over 7000 actual owners and they list which types of bed pillows scored the highest in customer satisfaction. They also show you which pillow types are best for those that like firm or soft pillow. The ratings are rather in depth and worth a look if you have a few minutes. The Allergybuyersclub.com website features pillow reviews and rankings as well - mostly trying to sell you the high end hypoallergenic bed pillows. Our trusted Consumer Reports doesn't have any reviews we could find on bed pillows, but we will update this page accordingly if they ever publish any. If you want to read hundreds of unbiased, consumer comments on pillows, go to Amazon.com and see what their customers have to say. You can browse the top selling bed pillows online here.